Ms. Neal

James Pugh

May 7, 2013

S- Goal: To define an outstanding teacher and recognize her for the amazing job she does. M - How can this be measured? In the fantastic atmosphere created by a bright smile and positive attitude when it comes to teaching and learning. In the friendly greeting of, “How are you today?” to every ...

Ignorance in all places

James Pugh

May 2, 2013

I return from my blogging hiatus in order to make a quick rant about some things that have hit very close to home lately. Last month, supporters of marriage equality took a day to change their profile pictures to the image of a red equal sign, quietly but boldly making a statement in regards to equality fo...

The Prowler

February 19, 2013

Staff of the Prowler, Hi all! My name is James Pugh and I am a senior editor for Francis Howell Central’s Central Focus, in St. Charles, Missouri. I have checked out your website, and took a quick look at a few issues of your school paper as well, and I have to say that I’m impressed. Your lay...

Lives left unsaved

February 1, 2013

The past few weeks, Student Council has had a table set up in the cafe, urging students to sign up for the blood drive put on by the American Red Cross. And while many students did sign up with the hope of donating and saving a few lives, some students were unable to. For some, it was because their ir...

Surprises in interesting places

James Pugh

November 13, 2012

I don't know what it is about the coming of fall and winter, but somehow it makes me both want to be spontaneous and adventurous, and lazy at the same time. Going on one of these feelings the other day, I skipped out of my seventh hour (in which I'm just a TA) and went over to Mrs. Switzer's AP Art St...

Being an agent of change

James Pugh

September 29, 2012

So, I’m kind of a weirdo, and I’m not afraid to admit it. I get thrills from the most simple things, and the tiniest things can make my day. Because of this, and also the fact that I don’t believe in awkward, I tend to give random compliments all the time. I mean every one of them, and it ma...

Finding a place

James Pugh

September 17, 2012

With Homecoming right around the corner, I have been reminded yet again of just how many clubs, sports, and other extracurricular activities we have here at Francis Howell Central. As we approach the weekend of the parade, game, and dance, everyone is gathering their groups together for each event. C...

Taking it too far

James Pugh

September 10, 2012

Today as I was walking to work, I was congratulating myself on the fact I thought I looked really good. I was confident that I would have a great day at work and a great Saturday night to follow. Then, I was abruptly taken aback as some man looked me up and down, then proceeded to give me a dirty l...

Senior dancers start late

September 7, 2012

This year, as Spartan Nation watched their first halftime show of the year, the Sensations put on an their first routine. However, two important faces were missing from the group of girls: seniors Brittany Hackmann and Emily Snider. The two girls did not try out last spring, instead waiting for the f...

Making a choice

James Pugh

September 1, 2012

As some of you may or may not know, I am the vice president of Francis Howell Central’s GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance). As such, I went to a workshop this past weekend in order to connect with leaders of other GSA’s in the area. Part of one of our “ice breakers” was to write down several things ab...

Living in the minority

James Pugh

August 25, 2012

Throughout the high school experience, and even before and after, we strive to act like the majority, and we mimic our peers to get the smallest indications of approval and acceptance. Yet when presented with the question of ‘What makes you, you?’ and ‘What makes you special?’ rarely do we ans...

Work hard, dance hard

August 24, 2012

As the majority of students anticipated the coming of summer, students wishing to be a part of the Sensations dance team were readying themselves for tryouts. The dance team has tryouts twice in order to form the team, with the first being in the spring, according to captain Alicia Pavia. “We also had tryouts...

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